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10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

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FGCU Invites Public, Media to Attend Exhibit of Recent Works by Local Artist Carrie Custer

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public and media to the opening reception for "Trace Elements: Recent Works by Carrie Custer" 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 15 in the Art Complex art gallery. The show runs through Friday, July 28.

Custer, a local artist and adjunct instructor at FGCU, uses an intriguing combination of human hair and textiles, creating works that are figurative and mimic articles of clothing. Her process of weaving individual strands of hair together leaves the viewer with images that are both delicately disconcerting and hauntingly beautiful.

"I am interested in figural elements recombining to create new relationships amongst themselves and the viewer," Custer said.

"The elements trace over and/or are left over from what was before. We have an involuntary shedding and renewal of life through our strands of hair. Hair that no longer can be put neatly back into place with other is seen as waste. There is our public hair. Hair attached to one's head is carefully cut, gelled into place for the sake of beauty and vanity. The cultivation of hair is for comfort - who we are, what we project, our persona. The cultivation of comfort can allow for hiding, protection or warmth."

Admission and parking in FGCU Lot 7 is free for art gallery related events. The gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays excluding University holidays.

For more information, media representatives should contact assistant gallery director Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199 or gallery director Scott Snyder at (239) 590-7354.

- FGCU -

A high-resolution photograph from the exhibit is available for download at

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